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Luis Suarez to appeal Patrice Evra race ban

Suarez to risk longer suspension as Liverpool striker decides to appeal race ban

Luis Suarez will appeal his eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

The Liverpool striker was found guilty of misconduct by the Football Association on Tuesday and fined 40,000.

But by appealing, Suarez risks the FA slapping him with an extended ban.

Backing: Liverpool players showed their support for Luis Suarez (centre)

Backing: Liverpool players showed their support for Luis Suarez (centre)

Alejandro Balbi, who serves as the player”s agent and lawyer, confirmed the appeal.

“It seems to us absolutely out of proportion,” Balbi said.

“It”s one of the hardest sanctions handed down in English football.

“He [Suarez] is firmly convinced this hard sanction can be reversed.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina believes Suarez has been “crucified” over his racism charge.

Reina believes the 24-year-old, who was targeted with chants of “racist” and “cheat” in Wednesday”s goallessdraw at Wigan, has been treated unfairly.

Making a point: Liverpool fans have their say over the Suarez affair

Making a point: Liverpool fans have their say over the Suarez affair

TheLiverpool players issued a statement backing the player before the gameand during their warm-up all wore T-shirts depicting an image of Suarezand his name and number seven.

“We are all right behind him. He has our full support,” said the Spain international.

“We made a statement earlier and we said what we thought was the truth.

“We were together from the very first minute (of the allegations) and it is the minimum we can do for him.

“He is not racist. I am 100 per cent he is not racist and he has been accused of racism.

Liverpool players warm up wearing a t-shirt supporting team-mate Luis Suarez Liverpool

One for all, all for one: Suarez (right) endured a disappointing night against Wigan

“We showed our support to Luis. We want him and everyone to know we are right behind our team-mate because he is a lovely guy and he has been crucified by some people and it is not fair.

“Eight games is not even close to be fair.”

Reina said the threat of losing Suarez for an extended period would be a blow, but felt the player was coping well with the situation, which has been on-going since mid-October.

“The most important thing is he is doing his job for the team,” added the goalkeeper.

“He played well for the team (against Wigan) and he has to keep playing and help the team as much as he can.

“Obviously we are going to enjoy him as long as we can and then we will see what happens.”

Steve Kean defiant ahead of Bolton showdown

Embattled Kean remains defiant as Rovers prepare for must-win Bolton showdown

Under-fire Blackburn boss Steve Kean remained defiantly upbeat after his side were beaten 2-1 by West Brom at Ewood Park.

The heat was turned up once again on the Scot as Peter Odemwingie”s curling 89th-minute winner condemned 19th-placed Rovers to their 10th Barclays Premier League defeat of the season.

Even though it had been announced in the build-up to the game that, for the first time in several months at a home fixture, there would be no organised protest against the manager by Rovers fans, they still made their unhappiness known, with rumblings of discontent in the stands erupting into chants of “Kean Out” by the end of the match.

Voicing the opinion: Blackburn fans forgot about the truce as Rovers slumped to another defeat

Voicing the opinion: Blackburn fans forgot about the truce as Rovers slumped to another defeat

The 44-year-old knows his tenure – which began a year ago – might not last much longer if the team”s fortunes do not change soon, but Kean insists he is still feeling positive looking forward.

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“I always feel as if we are about to go on an unbeaten run, and that the fans who are grumbling are going to be overtaken by the noise of the positive fans,” Kean said.

“I never feel as if you can”t change people”s minds, although I know it will only happen with results.”

He added: “I don”t need to switch off and I don”t feel as if I need to run away from anything.

“It is my job, and it is other people”s jobs to ask questions.

“I have no problem with that – I”ll always come in, face up and give an honest answer.”

Looking bleak: Steve Kean welcomes Bolton to Ewood Park on Tuesday in a must-win encounter

Looking bleak: Steve Kean welcomes Bolton to Ewood Park on Tuesday in a must-win encounter

Blackburn had been looking to build upon the 4-2 triumph over Swansea in their previous home game – only their second league win of the campaign – against the Baggies, but put in a disappointing display and never really looked like claiming anothermuch-needed victory.

Albion deservedly took the lead in the 52nd minute when Rovers failed to properly deal with a corner and James Morrison smashed a superb volley past Paul Robinson.

Scott Dann scrambled in an equaliser with 18 minutes to go, but the hosts were left empty-handed by Odemwingie”s late intervention, the striker cutting in from the right before shooting well into the far corner of the goal.

Late stunner: Peter Odemwingie struck in the 89th minute

Late stunner: Peter Odemwingie struck in the 89th minute

Next up for Blackburn is a home matchagainst rock-bottom Bolton on Tuesday, and with trips to Liverpool and Manchester United to come after that, Kean is in no doubt as to the importance of the Wanderers clash.

“If it was not big enough already, it is absolutely massive now,” Kean said.

“We have to make sure we show courage, and I mean courage to get on the ball and carve out some betterchances on Tuesday than we did (against West Brom).”

Kean”s opposite number Roy Hodgson – whose team moved up to 13th – thought the Baggies were worthy victors.

“We left it late, but I thought that throughout the 90 minutes, we had lots of opportunities and situations where we found ourselves in good positions around the Blackburn area,” Hodgson said.

“We managed to miss a lot of those opportunities and it took two very, very good goals to win us the game.

“But I think overall, we can be more than satisfied with our day”s work.”

Its Steve Kean v Owen Coyle for Christmas sack as Blackburn face Bolton

It”s Kean v Coyle for Christmas sack on make-or-break Tuesday

Relegation-threatened bosses Steve Kean and Owen Coyle square up in a make-or-break showdown on Tuesday that could see one of them being sacked for Christmas.

Coyle”s Bolton are rock-bottom afterslumping to their fifth successive defeat yesterday – 2-0 at Fulham – and Kean”s Blackburn side are just one point ahead after his first anniversary at Rovers ended in a 2-1 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion.

Dark days: Blackburn fans have chanted

Dark days: Blackburn fans have chanted “Kean out”

Coyle admits Tuesday”s clash at Ewood Park is Bolton”s “biggest game of the season”. And Kean will be prepared for another storm of protest from unhappy fans after the Ewood Park faithful went back on their pledge to back the team in their hour of need.

“Kean out” chants rang round the ground after Rovers” 10th defeat of the season and, although owners Venky”s have ignored constant calls for the manager”s head, his record of 11 wins from 43 matches means another bad result could seal his fate.

Former Blackburn players Alan Shearer and Mark Hughes are among the fans” choices to replace Kean, but West Brom boss Roy Hodgson believes the owners should stick with their man.

Writing on the wall: Bolton boss Owen Coyle is running out of time

Writing on the wall: Bolton boss Owen Coyle is running out of time

“They”ve got their problems but I”m convinced they”ll get over them,” said the former Rovers boss. “All it needs is a few results to turn it around and I”m sure that will happen.”

Kean has shown few signs of walking away despite continued calls for his dismissal and revealed that Hodgson is just one member of the football fraternity who has offered support.

The Scot said: “I”ve had massive support and I think people are giving it because they know how young the team are. We”ve probably got seven or eight players under 23. It”s nice to hear support but I”m not here to get support, I”m here to get points.”

Celtic fined by UEFA for pro-IRA chants in the Europa League

Celtic fined by UEFA for pro-IRA chants in the Europa League

Celtic have been hit with a 12,700 fine after their fans were reported for “illicit chanting” during the Europa League match against Rennes on November 3.

UEFA”s control and disciplinary panel imposed the fine after the match delegate was informed of pro-IRA chanting, by the Strathclyde police match commander.

Enlarge Fined: Celtic fans

Fined: Celtic fans” chants saw the club fined by UEFA

The fine was announced by the European governing body this afternoon after a decision was taken on Friday.

Celtic expressed their surprise at the charge when it was announced last month and said they would cooperate fully with any investigation.

More to follow.

Manchester United and Mancheseter City knocked out of the Champions League

Manchester crisis! City and United get ready for Thursday nights on Channel 5

Both Manchester clubs crashed out of the Champions League in dramatic circumstances on Wednesday night and are now set for the humiliation of playing in the Europa League.

Manchester United needed just a draw with Basle, but suffered a 2-1 defeat at St. Jakob Park while City”s passage was dependent on a win against Bayern Munich – which they did thanks to goals from David Silva and Yaya Toure.

But Napoli”s 2-0 win against Villarreal sent the Italy through and City out.

Out: Last year

Out: Last year”s runners-up Manchester United will play in the Europa League

Not this year: Manchester City

Not this year: Manchester City”s first year in the Champions League ended at the group stages

Chants of “Thursday nights on Channel 5” will no doubt be aimed at both United and City fans.

But it will also mean European nights will be followed by Sunday games in the Premier League which could have an impact on the title run-in.

While Chelsea and Arsenal both safely secured their passage into the knock-out stages of the Champions League – United and City will now have the likes of Stoke, Fulham and Birmingham as their European peers.

Celtic"s UEFA hearing into Rennes chants delayed Friday

Celtic”s UEFA hearing into Rennes chants delayed until Friday

Celtic will have to wait until Friday before UEFA”s disciplinary body meet to discuss accusations of “illicit chanting” during the Hoops” home win over Rennes on November 3.

The Parkhead club were expecting the complaint, made by the Strathclyde Police match commander to the UEFA match delegate following the Europa League Group I game, to be addressed on Thursday.

In the dock: Celtic must wait for UEFA to determine their fate

In the dock: Celtic must wait for UEFA to determine their fate

However, UEFA have an appeals body meeting scheduled to take place which means Celtic”s case, among others, has been put back 24 hours.

Celtic were told on Monday that they had escaped Scottish Premier League action over pro-IRA chanting at their clash with Hibernian on October 29.

Probe: UEFA will rule on chants from fans during their game against Rennes

Probe: UEFA will rule on chants from fans during their game against Rennes

The SPL ruled that the Parkhead club had taken all reasonable action to prevent such “unacceptable conduct”, which was reported by police. SPL secretary Iain Blair only confirmed Celtic were under investigation when questioned on the issue after the UEFA action became public.

Luis Suarez to discover if FA are on his case once again

Suarez to discover if FA are on his case once again after Fulham finger

Luis Suarez will discover on Wednesday if he faces another FA rap after disciplinary chiefs investigated the crude, one-fingered salute he delivered at Fulham on Monday night.

The Liverpool striker has already been charged by the FA for allegedly aiming a racist slur at Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during the 1-1 draw at Anfield on October 15.

Suarez has been waiting to find out whether the FA will reprimand him for his obscene gesture towards home supporters after the 1-0 defeat at Craven Cottage.

Flipped: Luis Suarez gives Fulham fans the finger on Monday night

Flipped: Luis Suarez gives Fulham fans the finger on Monday night

Suarez was the target of constant verbal abuse from home fans responding to what they perceived as his constant diving with chants of ‘cheat’.

The Uruguay striker eventually cracked, making the gesture on his way back to the dressing room after the final whistle.

The incident could land Suarez with a misconduct charge after the FA confirmed they are reviewing the incident.

Hot water: Suarez is already the subject of an investigation into alleged racism

Hot water: Suarez is already the subject of an investigation into alleged racism

Should the FA decide to proceed with investigations, they are likely to ask Suarez to provide his side of the story.

If he is found guilty, he could face a hefty fine.

Suarez has been one of Liverpool’s key performers this season, scoring seven goals for the Merseyside club, but his disciplinary problems have cast a shadow on his first full season In England.

And Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admitted on Monday that he is now likely to speak to Suarez over his latest onfield spat.

Luis Suarez could be charged after giving Fulham fans the finger

FA weigh up second Suarez charge after race-row striker gives Fulham fans the finger

The FA are considering handing Luis Suarez a second charge after making an obscene gesture towards Fulham supporters after Liverpool”s 1-0 defeat on Monday.

The striker was given a torrid time by the home support throughout the clash at Craven Cottage as he was subjected to chants of “cheat” for what Fulham supporters perceived to be his constant diving.

And Suarez cracked after the final whistle by making an explicit hand gesture towards Cottagers fans.

Wembley disciplinary chiefs are now debating whether to investigate the incident further. They are waiting to receive the match report from referee Kevin Friend before making any decision.

Out of order: Liverpool

Out of order: Liverpool”s Luis Suarez made a gesture to Fulham fans

Suarez has already been charged by the FA for making racist remarks towards Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during the 1-1 draw at Anfield earlier this season.

After the match, Suarez tweeted: “We lost a game that We deserved to win, I”m very upset with what happened tonight … Cheer up everyone!”

And Reds manager Kenny Dalglish admitted he could be forced to talk to Suarez about his conduct after the latest controversy to hit the Uruguay international.

“I haven”t seen the picture and I”m not taking anybody”s word for it,” said Dalglish.

“If you show me the picture and I”m convinced that what you”re saying is true, then I”ve got a decision to make.”

In response to Fulham fans branding Suarez a “cheat”, Dalglish added: “That”s scandalous. We”ll look after Luis as best we can, and I think it”s about time he got a bit of protection from some people.

Lunge: Jay Spearing fouls Fulham

Lunge: Jay Spearing fouls Fulham”s Moussa Dembele before being sent off

“His integrity is impeccable. He can look in the mirror and go to bed at night and sleep soundly.”

Liverpool”s misery was compounded by Jay Spearing”s debatable sending off – the latest incident in a controversial weekend of refereeing decisions.

The Liverpool midfielder clearly made contact with the ball in his challenge with Moussa Dembele – but was given his marching orders by Kevin Friend after catching the Fulham forward with his follow through.

And Dalglish felt his midfielder was harshly sent off: “I think, you need to ask the referee what their interpretation is What the level of acceptance is “Jay never had another thought in his mind but to win the ball, and he did win it.

Turning point: Spearing is sent off as Liverpool

Turning point: Spearing is sent off as Liverpool”s players protest

“As long as the officials are consistent, it”s not a problem. But I don”t think we were going to get anything tonight, were we

“The (offside) goal that Luis scored, Charlie [Adam] could have had a penalty. We played well enough to have won the game.”

Fulham boss Martin Jol added: “Was it a red card I think it was a bad tackle. “If you see from another angle, you saw his ankle up there and I think it was a sending off.”

Celtic cleared of breaching SPL rules pro-IRA singing

Celtic cleared of breaching rules by SPL despite fans chanting pro-IRA songs

Celtic were told they will not face any punishment from the SPL over pro-IRA chanting as they await Thursday’s verdict from UEFA.

An investigation by the top-flight hierarchy concluded that, while there was no dispute over the chants being heard during a match against Hibernian in October, the Parkhead club had done all they could to prevent such behaviour among a section of their fans.

The SPL cited the public condemnations delivered by Celtic manager Neil Lennon and chief executive Peter Lawwell as key contributors to the outcome.

Cleared: The SPL said Celtic had done all they could to eradicate the chants

Cleared: The SPL said Celtic had done all they could to eradicate the chants

Although not unexpected, the verdict will come as a relief to the Parkhead top brass as they prepare for their charge over ‘illicit chanting’ during a Europa League meeting with Rennes to be heard by European football’s governing body later this week.

UEFA, though, have proved in the past that they operate different criteria to the SPL.

A defence of having taken all reasonable measures to stamp out pro-IRA chants may not be enough to prevent further action in Nyon — most likely a small fine and a warning of greater sanctions if there are repeat offences.

It was match commander Eddie Smith of Strathclyde Police — a former top-flight referee — who reported the chanting at the Hibs match to the SPL delegate. An investigation was then set in motion that included meetings with various police and security personnel involved at Celtic Park.

Probe: UEFA will rule on chants from fans during their game against Rennes

Probe: UEFA will rule on chants from fans during their game against Rennes

A written statement was also received from the Parkhead club before the release of the summary findings.

‘It is not disputed that a small number of Celtic fans engaged in singing and chanting in support of the IRA,’ read an SPL statement.

‘Such behaviour is unacceptable and unwelcome at SPL matches. It is noted that Celtic FC has condemned such activity publicly on many occasions (most recently by chief executive, Peter Lawwell and by head coach, Neil Lennon).

‘It is important that such public condemnation should continue.’

Meanwhile, Celtic are taking teenage Norwegian striker Riki Alba on trial for a week at Lennoxtown.

The 16-year-old Valerenga forward will arrive in Glasgow on Friday in the hope of impressing the Parkhead coaching staff.

‘I want to learn as much as possible during my stay in Scotland,’ said Alba.

Luis Suarez gives Fulham fans the finger

Suarez flips! Race-row striker loses cool over taunts by Fulham fans

Luis Suarez – who is already facing a racism charge – could find himself in more hot water with the FA after making an obscene gesture towards Fulham supporters after Liverpool”s 1-0 defeat.

The Anfield striker was given a torrid time by the home support throughout the clash at Craven Cottage as he was subjected to chants of “cheat” for what Fulham supporters perceived to be his constant diving.

And Suarez cracked after the final whistle by making an explicit hand gesture towards Cottagers fans. Wembley disciplinary chiefs will decide on Tuesday whether to investigate the incident further.

Out of order: Liverpool

Out of order: Liverpool”s Luis Suarez made a gesture to Fulham fans

Suarez has already been charged by the FA for making racist remarks towards Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during the 1-1 draw at Anfield earlier this season.

And Reds manager Kenny Dalglish admitted he could be forced to talk to Suarez about his conduct after the latest controversy to hit the Uruguay international.

“I haven”t seen the picture and I”m not taking anybody”s word for it,” said Dalglish.

“If you show me the picture and I”m convinced that what you”re saying is true, then I”ve got a decision to make.”

In response to Fulham fans branding Suarez a “cheat”, Dalglish added: “That”s scandalous. We”ll look after Luis as best we can, and I think it”s about time he got a bit of protection from some people.

Lunge: Jay Spearing fouls Fulham

Lunge: Jay Spearing fouls Fulham”s Moussa Dembele before being sent off

“His integrity is impeccable. He can look in the mirror and go to bed at night and sleep soundly.”

Liverpool”s misery was compounded by Jay Spearing”s debatable sending off – the latest incident in a controversial weekend of refereeing decisions.

The Liverpool midfielder clearly made contact with the ball in his challenge with Moussa Dembele – but was given his marching orders by Kevin Friend after catching the Fulham forward with his follow through.

And Dalglish felt his midfielder was harshly sent off: “I think, you need to ask the referee what their interpretation is What the level of acceptance is “Jay never had another thought in his mind but to win the ball, and he did win it.

Turning point: Spearing is sent off as Liverpool

Turning point: Spearing is sent off as Liverpool”s players protest

“As long as the officials are consistent, it”s not a problem. But I don”t think we were going to get anything tonight, were we

“The (offside) goal that Luis scored, Charlie [Adam] could have had a penalty. We played well enough to have won the game.”

Fulham boss Martin Jol added: “Was it a red card I think it was a bad tackle. “If you see from another angle, you saw his ankle up there and I think it was a sending off.”